Matthew is one of the most active investors in the clean technology space, and has an established research catchment of over £6bn annually. Over the years he has had considerable success in both asset management and corporate finance fields, working across three continents with some of the largest strategic partners on the French, US, Malaysian and Singapore stock exchanges.
Matthew is a director of US Cleantech Holdings Inc., a company specialising in the development and commercialisation of the next generation of clean technologies. His projects encompass several of the world’s foremost research institutions, internationally acclaimed scientists, as well as leading strategic partners in industry. Matthew has direct experience of integrating and commercialising technologies on a global scale, as well as designing and implementing investment strategies of £100m and above. His investor network consists of prominent private investors, family offices, sovereign wealth funds, institutions, and major corporations.
Devin holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of South Florida and provides scientific expertise on tri-reforming catalysts. He was recently recognised by Forbes Magazine as one of the top “30 under 30” in Energy and Industry for 2014.
Devin has worked as a biofuels analyst and process developer from feedstock to finished product and co-authored a paper for Energy and Fuels Journal titled “Catalytic Hydrothermal Conversion of Triglycerides to Non-ester Biofuels.” In 2010 he helped develop and implement with ARA Inc. a pilot-scale technology for the conversion of plant and algae oils to drop in jet fuel and diesel capable of meeting Tier III fuels spec testing by the US Air Force and Navy. At USF his biofuel research expanded to the area of synthesis, development, and testing of novel catalysts for the conversion of biomass and landfill gas to drop in transportation fuels. He has also worked as a process engineer for BASF manufacturing catalyst for the oil and gas industry. Devin’s projects have won multiple clean energy competitions and awards around the country, including MegaWatt Ventures, Biztech Innovation, and Cleantech Open.
Dr Kris Anderson is a project manager with nearly 20 years’ experience in the commercial development of new process technology. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering and a degree in Materials Chemistry. He spent 8 years working for the Malaysian state oil company Petronas where he developed several conceptual ideas into full scale commercially viable demonstration units. His research has won several awards and he has authored numerous scientific publications including several patents. During his career he has developed new technology for BP, Cameron, UOP, Chevron, BG Group and Shell. His scientific areas of expertise include heterogeneous catalysis, gas separations, surfactants, crude oil desalting, high pressure reactor engineering, waste heat recovery, liquid-liquid equilibria, hydrogenations, crude oil upgrading, flow assurance, statistical optimisation, process economics and conceptual design. He has managed several multi-million dollar projects and has extensive knowledge in intellectual property rights. He joins Renovare Fuels from Imperial College London where he worked as a research commercialisation adviser to Royal Dutch Shell.
Duncan has more than 8 years’ experience in technology transfer, operational management and long-term value creation within the clean energy industry. Specialising in technology commercialisation and management team building, he has worked with Texas A&M, University of South Florida and North Carolina State seeking to expand their technology from the lab into new markets and to secure research and development funding.
Duncan ensures the smooth running of companies from their start-up phase through to commercial contracts. He specialises in team recruitment, marketing and publicity, grant applications, communication with relevant state and semi-state departments and identifying and engaging end users. His current areas of activity include waste to drop-in fuels, bio-polymers, water purification and nanotechnology.
Kevin is a specialist in developing pioneering businesses into well-established, highly valued entities. His previously founded projects are now valued at over £70m. He has extensive experience of integrating new environmental practices into mature business models, and managing large-scale operating plants in challenging terrains. Kevin’s founded projects currently employ over 1000 people.
Kevin left the British Army in 2004 after ten years of service in the Royal Engineers and United Kingdom Special Forces. Since leaving the Army Kevin has founded several charities and a number of successful environmentally and socially responsible companies, overseeing them from start-up to orderly exit. Kevin leads investment teams in setting up large-scale development businesses, providing highly proven management teams and diminishing execution risk in high barrier to entry environments. An active ambassador and patron for service and veterans charities in the UK, a founding member of the advisory board for Tickets for Troops with David Cameron, and avid fundraiser for Combat Stress.
Steve has over 30 years’ experience in the minerals and waste industry, working in both the public and private sectors. Steve retired as Managing Director of Yorwaste Ltd in July 2015 after 15 years in the role. He was accountable for the social, economic and corporate performance of the business. Under his leadership the company grew substantially and became a major regional player in the waste industry. He led the company away from landfill-based activities and diversified the business into waste collection, recycling, WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) recycling, composting and other non-landfill treatment of residual waste. During his tenure he achieved sustained year-on-year dividend returns to shareholders, built a market-led diversified business, and achieved nationally upper quartile results in health & safety and environmental compliance. He also grew a key public sector and commercial customer base as well as successfully integrating several acquisitions.
Steve is a business ‘all-rounder’ with strong operational and commercial skills which are readily transferable to other sectors. He is a Chartered Surveyor and a Chartered Environmentalist, qualifying in 1978 and 2010 respectively.
Peter qualified as a Certified Management Accountant in Ontario, Canada in 1991, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors in England. He held progressively senior financial roles, including Canadian Regional Financial Controller for Canadian Waste Services Ltd, European Finance Director for Via Net Works Ltd, senior finance and development roles at UK Waste (Biffa), WRG (FCC Environmental) specialising in PFIs and Energy from Waste. Peter was Managing Director of Environmental Waste Controls Ltd and Chief Executive of B&M Waste Services, and currently is Director of Team-in-a-Box Ltd, a contracting and service provider to the UK waste industry.
Peter has held senior roles in the waste industry for over twenty years on both sides of the Atlantic. Throughout his career, he has had exposure to landfill sites, generating energy from landfill gas, and energy from waste plants in both Canada and the UK. Peter is a highly motivated and loyal director and successful in radically improving business performance through organic growth, cost management, operational review and improvement, and working capital management.
Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate OBE, a former government advisor on Home Affairs and passionate advocate of environmentally responsible companies. Lord Mackenzie provides Renovare Fuels with guidance on Government energy and environmental policy and regulation.
Having retired from the police service on 5th May 1998, he was raised to the Peerage on 17th July 1998, and was chairman of the Peers’ Home Affairs Group in the House of Lords between 1998 and 2003. He has been a member of the House of Lords European Union Committee which deals with Home Affairs, Health and Education. Lord Mackenzie was special to the home secretary, Jack Straw, from 1998 to 2001. As well as being a patron of several charities, Lord Mackenzie was appointed president of the Joint Security Industry Council (JSIC) from 2000 to 2005. He is also a former president of the Association of Police and Public Security Suppliers (APPSS) and former Vice President of the Defence Manufacturers Association [DMA].
Dr Babu Joseph is Professor and Interim Chair in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. His research interests are mainly in the field of renewable energy. He is author of two books, one edited volume and over 200 technical publications. Babu Joseph obtained his B.Tech from IIT Kanpur, India and his MS and PhD from Case Western Reserve University, all in Chemical Engineering. He is professor in the ChBME department of the University of South Florida. He has held appointments at MIT, Washington University in St. Louis and UC-Berkeley. He is a Fellow of AIChE. He was also PI on a DOE-funded study on the gasification of coal. Most recently he was funded by NASA and State of Florida for the development of synthetic fuels using FTS technology. He brings significant prior experience in catalyst development, process modelling and simulation to this project.
Dr Joseph was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in May 2009. This honour is reserved for 1% of the society members based on professional contributions and service to the profession.
Dr John N. Kuhn is an expert on catalysis and reaction engineering. After his B.S. at the University of Dayton, he completed his PhD at Ohio State University. After a two-year stint conducting post-doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, he joined the faculty at the University of South Florida. In addition, he is the president of T2C-Energy LLC. He is the author or co-author of over fifty papers/reviews, including four recent invited contributions. Over the past ten years, he has been active in catalysis, alternative fuels, reactor design, and environmental research.
The most relevant of his work to the current proposal focuses on the development of active and stable catalysts for the reforming of hydrocarbons present in biogas and biomass-derived syngas. He leads a researchteam consisting of six graduate students (five Ph.D. and one M.S. seeking students). Funding for a variety of projects comes from the National Science Foundation, Hinkley Center for Waste Management, Department of Energy, NASA, and the Florida Energy Systems Consortium.
A Chartered Engineer Mo has more than 36 years of extensive industrial experience as an executive at major Oil and Gas, Food Processing and Process Control Manufacturing Companies in the Middle East, Canada and USA. He has proven leadership abilities and a long and successful record in business and market development, P&L, operations management, strategic planning, creation of quality and improved operational procedures, personnel recruitment and development and workload forecasting.
Currently managing director at Exxel Objects providing engineered equipment and supplies, solutions, consultancy and project management services to the Oil & Gas major oil companies in MENA Region. Mo has worked on a range of projects such as Power Plants, Gas Oil Separation, Gas Lift, Water Injection, Overhead Transmission Lines and Substations, Boilers, Gas and Steam Turbines, Gas Pipeline Scada and many more more. Additionally, he has been an active project discipline engineer in a number of large size projects such as the C$1.428 Billion Bi-Provisional Upgrader in Canada.